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Visiting PH contingent tours Russian submarine in Vladivostok

Members of Naval Task Force (NTF) 87 had a chance to see firsthand a Russian diesel-electric submarine, the Komsomolsk-on-Amur, on Wednesday as part of their six-day port visit to Vladivostok, Russia.

NTF head Capt. Florante Gagua said in a statement this was made possible through the invitation of the Russian Pacific Fleet based in Vladivostok.

Gagua added that the submarine was positioned near the location where the BRP Tarlac (LD-601) is currently docked.

The Philippine Navy’s (PN) port visit started on Oct. 1 and will end on October 6.

Some Navy personnel were able to witness how the Komsomolsk-on-Amur was able to maneuver and approach the Filipino strategic sealift vessel.

“Together with the selected and privileged members of the PN contingent are the media personnel from the Philippines who were also allowed to visit the submarine. The event started around 2 o’clock and ended at 4 o’clock in the afternoon (local time). A total of 24 personnel (16 military and eight civilian) benefited the said tour,” Gagua said.

Lt. Cmdr. Aleksey Lanskikh, the submarine’s commanding officer, conducted a briefing prior to the tour.

The Philippine Navy contingent was able to tour different sections of the submarine, with the officers’ dining area or the wardroom as the last stop of the tour.

Gagua said refreshments were served and exchanges of memento between the NTF-87 head and the commanding officer of the submarine took place as the tour concluded.#